Founded by Gib Burgeson of Jamestown after a trip to the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage is an annual outdoor event hosted in Allegany State Park (ASP). The weekend, a group effort by the Jamestown Audubon Society, Buffalo Audubon Soceity, Presque Isle Audubon Society, Burroughs Audubon Nature Club and ASP, combines fun with a variety of nature-oriented activities. This weekend of natural history welcomes both the seasoned naturalist and the inquisitive beginner.
Activities run June 2-4 and include a variety of naturalist-led nature walks, lectures and programs. Registration covers admission to nearly 100 different activities including fairy houses and toad abodes, geocaching, bird banding, owl prowls, beginning and advanced birding, beaver walks, insects, trees, wildflowers, star watching, “Underwater Monsters” and a splash hike, where adventurous participants wade up a stream in search of natural curiosities.
Allegany State Park is comprised of over 60,000 acres and abounds with plants and animals. 176 bird species have been recorded in the park. It also has some of the best examples of Old Growth Forest in the region.
In addition to the lectures, walks, and other activities, a tent program is held each evening.
For more information and to register, visit www.alleganynaturepilgrimage.com.